DAME Deborah James has passed the £6million mark on her charity fundraiser.
The hero campaigner initially hoped to raise £250,000 for Cancer Research UK after revealing she was receiving end-of-life-care, but today she smashed her target by more than 24 times.
The 40-yearold has had an amazing week since she told her Instagram followers that her body was “not what it used to be.” “simply isn’t playing ball”She would not be receiving active bowel cancer treatment.
Instead, she receives hospice care at her parents home in Woking (Surrey).
She has received thousands of donations and was awarded a Damehood from Prince William. “an inspiration to the world”.
And in the last few hours, donations have surged to tip her over a staggering £6m.
Debs’ candid account of the disease, Sun columns and BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C have won millions over and captured hearts.
She raised millions for charity over the past week and was made a Dame on Friday by the Duke of Cambridge.
She described the honor of receiving it and his visit as well as the amount of donations as “surreal, mind-blowing, and humbling”.
And despite getting “weaker and more tired”Debs is vowing to leave as the days pass. “with a massive smile, no regrets and a big glass of Champagne”.
Yesterday, she wrote on Instagram: “I believe I may have had the most surreal, mind-blowing, humbling five days of my life.
“I cannot thank you for your generosity at launching the Bowelbabe FundThank you to the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge for making this special moment possible.
“Can’t quite believe I’m actually a Dame! My family is being incredible and, as difficult as it all may be, we find so much to laugh about.
“I may be getting weaker and more tired each [day], having run off pure adrenaline, but my word, I always said I wanted to slide in sideways when my time is up, with a massive smile, no regrets and a big glass of champagne! Still my intention!!!”
Deborah, mother-of-2, said Monday that she would not be receiving active treatment because of her cancer.
She shared her heartbreaking story in a post where she stated that medics tried everything to save her body. “simply isn’t playing ball”, adding: “I know we have left no stone unturned.
“But even with all the innovative cancer drugs in the world or some magic new breakthrough, my body just can’t continue anymore.
“My body is so emaciated that I have no choice but to surrender to the inevitable.”
“TENACIOUS DESIRE to GIVE BACK”
Despite her condition, Deborah was determined to give her campaigning one final push and launched the Bowelbabe Fund to raise £250,000 for Cancer Research UK, The Royal Marsden and Bowel Cancer UK.
Last night, she had raised £5,770,777 on JustGiving – 2,308 per cent of her target.
And today her total stands at more than £6m.
Kate and Wills supported Deborah publicly and contributed to her fund.
They tweeted: “Every now and then, someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life and tenacious desire to give back to society.
@bowelbabe belongs to that special group.
“Deborah, our thoughts are with you, your family and your friends. Thank you for giving hope to so many who are living with cancer.”